The SOFR Discount

70 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2022 Last revised: 23 Feb 2024

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Sven Klingler

BI Norwegian Business School

Olav Syrstad

BI Norwegian Business School

Date Written: February 2, 2024

Abstract

The transition from London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to Secured Overnight
Financing Rate (SOFR) affects the reference rate of floating-rate debt worth trillions
of dollars. Focusing on the primary market for dollar-denominated floating rate notes
(FRNs), we compare the issuance spreads of FRNs linked to LIBOR and SOFR, issued
by the same entity during the same month. After adjusting for the maturity-matched
spreads from derivatives markets, we find significantly lower spreads for SOFR-linked
FRNs. We link this SOFR discount to the enhanced price stability of SOFR-linked
FRNs. This is the first evidence highlighting a benefit of the benchmark transition for
debt markets.

Keywords: Benchmark rates, floating rates, financial regulation, Libor, SOFR

JEL Classification: E43, G12, G18, G29

Suggested Citation

Klingler, Sven and Syrstad, Olav, The SOFR Discount (February 2, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4150729 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4150729

Sven Klingler (Contact Author)

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0442
Norway

Olav Syrstad

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0442
Norway

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